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Banana Nut Bread

This Father’s Day weekend I whipped up my dad’s favorite dessert Banana Nut Bread. He has a sweet tooth for any dessert, but Banana Nut Bread is his top favorite. When I first started baking this was the first dessert that I baked and he was the first person to try it. Of course, this dessert was DAD APPROVED! Banana Nut Bread is very moist, sweet, and has a really nice banana flavor. 

Ingredients

1 Cream Cheese (8 oz) (softened) *room temperature

1 cup White Sugar

¼ cup Margarine (softened) *room temperature

1 cup Mashed ripe bananas Note: Use 3 or 4 ripe bananas to make bread extra moist (optional)

2 eggs

2 ¼ cups All-Purpose Flour (Plain Flour)

1 ½ tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Baking Soda

1 cup chopped nuts (Preferred Walnuts or Pecan) (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and margarine mix until blended well.
  2. Add bananas and eggs to the mixture.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (flour, baking powder, and baking soda) Note: Use a cake mixer to combine all ingredients before adding chopped nuts.
  4. Pour mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf pan. It has to be greased and floured (Use a little bit of butter and flour to grease the entire pan).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees it should take 1 hr and 10 mins to bake. You can use a wooden pick and insert it near the center until the pick comes out clean. 
  6. After the bread is done baking set it aside to cool for 5 mins. Remove from pan and slice banana bread for serving.

Pineapple Bake

Here I have an interesting dessert recipe that you would want to try. Which consists of crushed pineapple, cheddar cheese, and original crackers. I know what you’re thinking “this recipe sounds weird”.  Pineapple bake has a buttery cracker crust sweetened with pineapple chunks and sprinkled with cheddar cheese. There are only three ingredients and no eggs. My mom introduced me to this recipe and I’ve made it a few times after that. Usually when I’m fasting for Indian holidays this a Go-To dessert that I always make. This Pineapple Bake recipe would leave everyone going for seconds!

Ingredients

1 can Pineapple chunks (20 oz)

1/2 cup White Sugar

3 tsp All-Purpose Flour ( Plain Flour )

1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

1/2 stick Melted Butter

1/2 cup Crushed Ritz Crackers Note: You could use similar to Ritz crackers

Directions

  1. Drain the pineapple chunks and save 3 tablespoons of the juice. Note: Out of the entire pineapple juice you would save 3 tablespoons for the mixture
  2. Mix sugar and flour in the reserved pineapple juice.
  3. Add pineapple chunks and cheddar cheese to the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture in a greased baking dish.
  5. Top the mixture using crushed crackers and drizzle melted butter over it.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 mins.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings (Recipe Recap)

On April 27, I posted a wonderful Jamaican Dinner that I ate on that day. Recently, I spent some time making Jamaican fried dumplings and it is traditionally made to go with this meal. They have a natural sweetness, very crispy on the outside, and extremely soft on the inside. This recipe is extremely easy to put together. You could make this with any meal like a Caribbean Stew Chicken, Stew Fish with Rice, Pelau, or Soups. After making these delicious dumplings I prefer eating them by itself with a little bit of melted butter. If you want to try this recipe I have the ingredients below and easy directions to follow.

Fried Dumplings

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour (Plain Flour)

3/4 cup Cornmeal

2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 – 3/4 tsp Salt

3 tbsp Sugar

1 cup Milk

1 tsp Cinnamon

Oil for Frying NOTE: Measure oil to deep fry dumplings

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together to form a dough.
  2. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  3. After it has risen make it into 12 small dough balls.
  4. Let the dough balls rest for 12 minutes.
  5. When the 12 minutes is done then you can start to deep fry.
  6. While frying the dumplings have to be golden brown. NOTE: You can open a dumpling to make sure the inside is fully cooked.

Serving Size: 12 or more

Makes: 10 minutes

Jamaican Fried Dumplings

Namaste Trini

Hey Everyone, this past two weeks I’ve been working on some changes in my food blog and on social media. This image turned out to be exactly what I wanted to have and I’m glad it worked out. Also, I’ve been spending some time in the garden planting beautiful flowers and vegetables. Definitely planting some hot peppers, because I do like a little kick in the indian food…lol. I also have some young strawberries growing in my backyard. Can’t wait to share with you guys! Follow me on social media:

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